Sicilian Eggplant Caponata

Sicilian Eggplant Caponata

Sicilian Eggplant Caponata

Sicilian Eggplant Caponata is a delightful and traditional Italian dish that originates from the sunny island of Sicily. This recipe combines the rich flavors of eggplant, tomatoes, olives, and capers to create a sweet and tangy medley that’s perfect as an appetizer or side dish. The dish is known for its unique combination of sweet and sour tastes, making it a flavorful addition to any meal.


  • 2 large eggplants, diced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup green olives, pitted and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish


  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced eggplants and cook until they are browned and softened, about 10 minutes. Remove the eggplants from the skillet and set them aside.
  2. In the same skillet, add the chopped onion and garlic. Sauté until the onion becomes translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Return the cooked eggplants to the skillet and add the diced tomatoes, red wine vinegar, and sugar. Stir to combine.
  4. Simmer the mixture over low heat for 15-20 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  5. Stir in the sliced green olives and capers. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly before serving.
  7. Garnish with fresh basil leaves before serving.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Sicilian Eggplant Caponata is a delicious and unique Italian dish that combines the flavors of eggplant, tomatoes, olives, and capers for a sweet and tangy treat.

Nutrition Information: (per serving) Calories: 180 | Fat: 11g | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g

Sicilian Eggplant Caponata is a timeless recipe that has been enjoyed for generations. Its bold flavors and versatility make it a wonderful addition to any table. Whether you serve it as an appetizer with crusty bread or as a side dish to accompany your favorite main course, this Sicilian Eggplant Caponata will surely impress your guests with its Mediterranean charm and delightful taste.

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